If you love making easy soups for dinner, this post is for you! I've compiled a list of my favorite dinner soup recipes that are hearty, healthy, and totally delicious.
Why soup makes the perfect dinner:
- It's easy to reheat: Soup can easily be kept warm on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, so it's perfect for busy weeknights when the whole family can't eat together.
- Nutritious: Soups are great vessel for adding lots of nutrients and vegetables into your diet. (My kids eat tons of veggies in soups that they would not eat on their own).
- "No stress" cooking: I love that I can take my time making soup and adjusting the seasonings while it simmers on the stove. It makes dinner prep much more relaxing.
- Leftovers! Having a large bowl of leftover soup in the fridge makes lunch time so much easier. You can also freeze most soup recipes.
- Comfort food: In the cooler months, is there anything better than a piping hot bowl of soup?
Of course, I always recommend a nice slice of crusty bread as an accompaniment to soup recipes. And if you're looking to add more vegetables to your diet, you can add a side salad as well.
12 Soup Ideas for Dinner:
This has been the most popular recipe on my blog for 4+ years. Small meatballs and little pasta balls give it heft, but the spinach adds a vegetable element. It's satisfying and filling, and everyone who tries it loves it!
Another one of our tried and true family favorites, this soup gets its creamy texture from pureed beans, not from cream. The flavors of rosemary and smoky pancetta in this soup are divine!
This recipe only has 7 ingredients, but so much flavor. Swap in spicy Italian sausage if you like some heat!
This soup is ready in 30 minutes using a rotisserie chicken, and has the best Tex-Mex flavors! The amount of spice can be easily controlled, making this a perfect soup the whole family loves. The crunchy tortilla chips on top are my favorite part!
My take on red lentil soup is a pureed version based on the soup served at my favorite neighborhood Turkish restaurant. It gets its unique flavoring from dried mint. If you love a creamy soup, you've got to try this one!
This is a staple in our house. When I announced I was making it the other night, my kids were so excited you'd have thought I said we were having pizza. And it's FULL of vegetables! The smoked sausage and rosemary infuse lots of flavor into this soup. I typically make it in my Instant Pot, but if you don't have an instant pot, I've included stovetop directions as well.
Gumbo is the ultimate hearty soup. This version contains andouille sausage and chicken, and is served over rice. Frozen okra and pre-chopped veggies (if you can find them) make it super duper easy!
Pozole (or posole) is a Mexican soup containing chicken or pork, hominy, and either a red broth (pozole rojo) or a green broth (pozole verde). It's a simple soup, yet packed with flavor. Serve with warm tortillas for an added treat.
Lemon chicken orzo soup used to be my favorite thing to order at Panera Bread. Unfortunately, they stopped serving it! But this homemade version hits the bill. The tang of lemon combined with the salty chicken broth is extremely satisfying.
This is a vegetarian soup, which can also be made vegan if using vegetable broth in place of chicken broth. The potatoes make it filling, yet it's not as heavy as some traditional chowders.
This soup containing spicy sausage, potatoes, and kale was made popular by the olive garden. The original version of Zuppa Toscana contains heavy cream, but you can use coconut milk for a dairy-free version too!
This soup is chock full of veggies, but I guarantee kids will love it. This is another one that you can make in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop (both sets of instructions are included).